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Uncertainty and technical efficiency in Finnish agriculture: a state-contingent approach

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  • Céline Nauges
  • Christopher J. O'Donnell
  • John Quiggin

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In this article, we present one of the first real-world empirical applications of state-contingent production theory. Our state-contingent behavioural model allows us to analyse production under both inefficiency and uncertainty without regard to the nature of producer risk preferences. Using farm data for Finland, we estimate a flexible production model that permits substitutability between state-contingent outputs. We test empirically and reject an assumption that has been implicit in almost all efficiency studies conducted in the last three decades, namely that the production technology is output-cubical, i.e. that outputs are not substitutable between states of nature. , Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics in its journal European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 38 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 449-467

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Handle: RePEc:oup:erevae:v:38:y:2011:i:4:p:449-467

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